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The Tallest Man on Earth released The Wild Hunt this past April, and the album found its way into the hearts of fans everywhere. The connection that the Tallest Man on Earth (aka songwriter Kristian Matsson) has with his fans is a sight to behold he has performed around the world, at clubs and festivals, and the bond between Matsson and his audience is breathtaking. Matsson is the rarest of performers, charismatic and captivating, and his passion for performance bleeds through every single time he takes the stage.

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"[T]he EP allows Matsson to explore one particular mood: a primary color in his palette, a bluesy melancholy that defines and permeates every song here." --Pitchfork
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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B0043FWXG2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gregory William Locke on January 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
On a Thursday afternoon, unemployed yet tired, I sat fidgety in the storefront window of 816 Pint N' Slice, watching the wind storm blow the businessmen around as I gummed away my last three dollars, perfectly satisfied by the glow of pepperoni grease. Earlier in the day I'd invested in the brand new EP from Sweeden's Tallest Man On Earth, Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird, certain that it would leave me as simultaneously impressed and bored as his recent LP, The Wild Hunt. But, instead, sitting in grease and wind as opener "Little River" flowed through my head, I felt alright. Still hungry but happy as the song played on, instantly my new favorite from the man so many were calling Dylan. The Skinny Little Man from far away who sang with an American accent and the power of a writer with a clear talent for melody and timeless verse.

For the unfamiliar, TMOE is Kristian Matsson, a normal-sized 27 year old songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. Having earned a small but fervent fanbase while touring with Bon Iver (at the height of the Bon Iver buzz, no less), Matsson's star has been brightening ever since, his recent record, the aforementioned The Wild Hunt, earning some of the best reviews of 2010. Known foremost for his raspy-yet-joyful voice and spare, fingerpicked compositions, TMOE is two albums (and now two EPs) deep into his campaign for World's Best Young Songwriter. Me? Well, I was instantly impressed by the writing and vocals when I heard TMOE's debut, Shallow Grave, a couple of years ago. That said, I felt that the sparseness of the compositions - not to mention the similarities to early Dylan - proved to be limiting.

But here I sit, feeling the fall roll in on Calhoun Street, perfectly soundtracked by Matsson's beautiful "The Dreamer.
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I can't get enough of the Tallest Man on Earth. This album is a little more 'produced' than Shallow Grave or his self-titled EP, but every bit as good. Matsson has mastered the art of exploring and expanding his music without changing the core characteristics that set him apart from other singer-songwriters.

If you're a newcomer to his music, I recommend starting with The Wild Hunt rather than this album (though doubtless other fans will have other suggestions).

As for the seller: I bought this album used and it arrived in excellent condition with original case and liner notes. Exactly what I wanted.
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By Jake on October 8, 2011
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I read reviews all the time, but I don't write enough of them. In this case, however, I felt compelled. Music is all about personal preference and taste, so I can't guarantee you'll love this album. That said, if you are a fan of the singer-songwriter, folk, Dylan, or just open to new genres, I think you'll love it. It's chill, powerful, unique...can't say enough about it. If you listen to the track previews and think you might like it, don't hesitate; just buy it. Ever since I discovered Kristian Matsson, I've been a huge fan. Crazy talented, great EP, and if you like this one, do yourself a favor and buy his other albums. I have everything he's done so far and it's all been really good. Looking forward to the next release, whenever it is.
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Sitting in my room, with this record spinning.
nothing quite better to console the art of being lonely, than a record about the blues.
The blues that never seem to go away.
This ep, that plots right in between The Tallest Man's 2009 album and his newest release of 2012. And finds itself not really connecting in anyway to the others. I truly connected with this album, and found inspiration, much as any artist does with music. Songs, like the wheel, and dreamer filled with reverb and echoing in high shrills and shaking lyrics. The album all the way through is spectacular.
In all honesty, you need to see this man live to truly appreciate the certain stage presence and eyes piercing looking right at you as he belts out "King of Spain".
Long Live Physical Media, buy this record and support the music.
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Simply an amazing collection of songs. Even though there aren't that many songs, each is extremely powerful, and one of his best songs ever, if not the best, "The Dreamer" is a true masterpiece. The vinyl functions fine and came with a download code which was great. A great place to start with this guy if you're intimidated by a full length for one reason or another.
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Brilliant. I've loved this EP for a long time, and just decided to buy the vinyl. The first one arrived warped but the replacement was perfect. I will enjoy this for a long time to come.

I highly recommend The Tallest Man On Earth's music.
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The Tallest Man on Earth is a folk musician from Sweden. He's got a powerful voice and his songs usually tend to focus on loneliness, love, nature, and relationships. He's usually only accompanied by a guitar, but this EP "Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird" brings in elements of blues music, as well as Americana folk. It's a tender 20 minutes about some of the themes discussed above. Fans of The Tallest Man on Earth will enjoy this collection of songs. For new fans, I would start with "Shallow Grave" before moving on to this EP. I look forward to hearing more music from The Tallest Man on Earth!
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